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Posted 11.19.09 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Quilian Riano, and Dk Osseo-Asare: A City in Search of Good Fortune



Road from Cali to Buenaventura
With rail freight making up only one percent of the cargo shipped through Buenaventura’s port, more than one thousand trucks cross the Western Range of the Colombian Andes every day, transporting goods between Buenaventura and Cali. A major civil engineering project is currently underway to widen the road so that cargo can arrive and depart Buenaventura faster and more safely. Although the Colombian military routinely patrols the road, safety remains elusive. When the authors were in Buenaventura, researching this article, guerrilla forces confronted military units, killing and kidnapping innocent bystanders. Locals suggest that guerrillas sometimes mount attacks along the road in order to preoccupy security forces precisely when narco-traffickers plan to move shipments out from the coast.

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

A City in Search of Good Fortune
Architects Quilian Riano and Dk Osseo-Asare report on the profitable but notorious port of Buenaventura, Colombia, as the city battles drug traffickers and paramilitary gangs, poverty and corruption; and they fear that the proposed solutions might be part of the problem.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Quilian Riano is an architect and writer based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Dk Osseo-Asare is a co-founder with Quilian Riano of DSGN AGNC, an activist design think-tank, and is a principal of Low Design Office, an architecture studio that foregrounds low-cost, low-carbon building.
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